Humming economy doesn't fix broken culture

Thursday, March 1, 2018
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Trump supporter bloodiedIt doesn't take a veteran pollster to determine America is at war with itself but new polling suggests a majority of us are angry and upset.

George Barna of the American Culture and Faith Institute finds that 6 in 10 Americans feel angry about the direction of the country.

"A large majority of people," reports Barna, "say we are not on the right track culturally or politically or morally."

Barna

Culture and Faith polled 1,000 adults 18 and over in January for its newest poll.

A majority of people feel okay about the economy, the poll suggests, but even that topic divides America when viewed through the prism of faith. Sixty-one percent of born-again Christians think the American economy is doing well while only 33 percent of skeptics feel that way.

When it comes to morality, however, the national divide is really felt. A strong majority of all faith segments says we are morally bankrupt in America.

Antifa protester Berkeley Aug 2017 1"Our moral compass is broken. We've lost it," Barna says of that finding. "But then when you dig down, it's not that we can just say, Great, let's all focus on that and move forward, because the groups want to go to different destinations."

Christians tell the pollster that we have strayed from God's moral design for the country and the non-religious alternately claim the country is too devoted to traditional, moral principles.

Asked if that suggests the Church has an opportunity to step in, Barna says not so fast.

"There's seemingly more of a consciousness on the part of church leaders," he observes, "about making people feel comfortable and not being controversial in what's being taught."

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